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Madeleine
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Fri April 17th, 2009, 7:21 pm

This sounds like The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick.

What book are you reading, Leyland?

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emr
Compulsive Reader
Location: Castilla

Postby emr » Sat April 18th, 2009, 7:45 am

"Leyland" wrote:Having been chased around Victorian London by undead beings in hoods with their mouths and eyes sewn shut - now eating breakfast in a tavern after hiding out overnight in a hospital! Very good stuff so far ...


That sounds like Doctor Who lol

I'm in York 1541 being chased by a bear. Poor Shardlake ;)

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Vanessa
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Survivors by Kate Furnivall & The Corset by Laura Purcell (Pigeonhole)
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Sat April 18th, 2009, 9:37 am

I'm in 1946, flitting between Guernsey and London via the postal system!
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Mello
Reader
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Postby Mello » Sat April 18th, 2009, 9:52 am

I'm on the Yorkshire moors, and it feels like I'm living in an insane asylum.

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diamondlil
Bibliomaniac

Postby diamondlil » Sat April 18th, 2009, 10:26 am

I am in my house in England, and there is a very strange door. I have been told not to go through it, but you know what us kids are like - we never listen.
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Leyland
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Location: Travelers Rest SC

Postby Leyland » Sat April 18th, 2009, 1:19 pm

"Madeleine" wrote:What book are you reading, Leyland?
Mark Frost's The List of Seven is the novel and is very well written in that I love his complex sentence structure and vocabulary. But Patricia Briggs' Bone Crossed just came in the mail yesterday, so I've bumped Frost til I finish Bone Crossed which is an easy day read. I do have massive spring house cleaning to do this weekend and both novels must be put down for a while!
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat April 18th, 2009, 1:54 pm

I'm in Paris with Charles VII.

annis
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Postby annis » Sun April 19th, 2009, 12:38 am

Posted by MLE
I'm in Paris with Charles VII.


Are you reading Dinah Lampitt/Deryn Lake's "The King's Women" by any chance?
It's a sumptous read, which really captures the time and place, despite being thoroughly OTT here and there and full of a liberal re-interpretation of historical figures and their actions. The description of Charles' mother, Isabella, is wonderfully grotesque.

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun April 19th, 2009, 1:44 am

"annis" wrote:Posted by MLE


Are you reading Dinah Lampitt/Deryn Lake's "The King's Women" by any chance?
It's a sumptous read, which really captures the time and place, despite being thoroughly OTT here and there and full of a liberal re-interpretation of historical figures and their actions. The description of Charles' mother, Isabella, is wonderfully grotesque.


No, I just finished Thomas Costain's the Moneyman, about Jaques Coeur, the commoner who financed France's expulsion of the English a generation after Azincourt. I grew up on Costain, and have always appreciated that he doesn't re-interpret historical figures, but tries to give a realistic feeling of the times.

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Anna Elliott
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Postby Anna Elliott » Sun April 19th, 2009, 2:03 am

[QUOTE=MLE;25762]No, I just finished Thomas Costain's the Moneyman, about Jaques Coeur, the commoner who financed France's expulsion of the English a generation after Azincourt. I grew up on Costain, and have always appreciated that he doesn't re-interpret historical figures, but tries to give a realistic feeling of the times.[/QUOTE

By coincidence, I'm actually on the fields of Azincourt! Just finishing Bernard Cornwell's latest. It's stunning. I love his authenticity and detail. Although his battle scenes are incredibly brutal. Amazing, compelling--but not for the faint of heart, that's for sure.
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